Hello, I’m new here and new to the lever harp.
I play quite a few instruments and, because I have a tendency to buy them just to try out, spending, over the years, lots of money, I bought one of those generally dire Pakistani 34 string harps just to see if it was an instrument I would stick with. It’s not actually too bad as far as quality of sound goes, holds tuning well, hasn’t developed any splits, but has one or two ghastly sounding lever notes. However, I’ve learned to tune those up in practice. I will also be playing classical pieces and folk pieces – eventually!
My question is really about the tone of the harp to which I’ll upgrade after a year or so. There seems to be a choice between round back, stave back and square back. I quite like the fullness of the round back Welsh Eos, but feel it might be too resonant for the folk repertoire. OTOH, I don’t want a tinkly harp with a weak bass, either. I realize that every harp sounds different and, when the time comes, I’ll be trying out more than a few.
I don’t want to go above the Eos prices for whatever I buy next and would be equally happy with a good student 34-36 string harp. Do people here have a favourite sound, or might you recommend some makes with comments on their back shapes/tones? I’d be very grateful if you could.
I’m based in the UK so probably would stick with options available here, though I could be tempted to buy abroad if the sound was right.